Friday, 27 April 2012

The trial of Anders Brevik.

Reader Wil (see my side bar) sent me a lovely e mail today and I asked her permission (which she gladly gave) to put it on the my blog for today. I think it is very heartening - do hope you agree.

Yesterday 40,000 Norwegians sang this song outside the courthouse where Anders Brevik is being tried. They sang it as a protest as they know Brevik hates this Pete Seeger song - thinking it brain-washes children.

A heaven full of stars,
Blue seas as far as you can see,
A world where flowers grow -
Can you ask for anything more?
We shall live together
Every sister and every brother -
Small children of the rainbow
And a blossoming world.

All that tragic loss of life among young people. And a timely day to remember such tragedy as today HM the Queen has opened the new school which has been built at Aberfan, where in the 1960's well over 100 children were killed when a slag heap slid down the mountain side and engulfed their school.

9 comments:

John Gray said...

I saw the protest too Pat.. quietly moving..
as for the trial.. I found the fact that the defendant had a warm welcome from his defence staff quite nauseating

angryparsnip said...

I understand this song but I don't understand the world this man(?) lives in.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

It must be hard to be called upon to defend someone who has committed such a dreadful crime.
I remember the Aberfan disaster - another terrible event for an entire community.

Elizabeth said...

We were told about Aberfan in chapel at school.
One of the saddest events in British memory.

mumasu said...

My children found this on youtube and showed it to me. Just gotta respect that kind of a nation. So humbling and inspiring.

Gerry Snape said...

Wonderful post Pat...I think that the way that the Norweigans are doing this is so amazing. that they are giving this sad and awful man the right to have his say...without being influenced and with all sticking together as a nation at this time...how great is that for the reputation of a people.

Irene said...

I think all of us in Europe should be singing that song.

Pondside said...

I saw this on the news last night - it was overwhelmingly beautiful. We all have a lot to learn from the way the Norwegian people are dealing with the horror of the trial.

cloudia charters said...

yes!




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